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Re: [Fsuk-manchester] Trump and software freedom

From: John Rooke
Subject: Re: [Fsuk-manchester] Trump and software freedom
Date: Sun, 16 Sep 2018 17:40:50 +0100
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Hi Rashid,

On 15/09/18 11:41, Rashid Mhar wrote:

 I can't find and understand the relevant lines on
government procurement regulation

The key provision is:

“limit governments’ ability to require disclosure of proprietary computer source code and algorithms, to better protect the competitiveness of digital suppliers”

Once the corporate lawyers get hold of this, it will mean that if an agency chooses free software on the grounds that they will get access to the source code, they will risk being sued for discrimination by proprietary competitors.


John Rooke

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